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1. Day off tomorrow! We're doing stuff (probably) but not until the afternoon, so I can still sleep in and relax in the morning.

2. I played a little Zelda tonight and found three shrines, two stables, and Hebra tower. That leaves only the two Gerudo areas that I don't have the towers for yet. I'm actually kind of sad to have so much of the map filled in. I remember when I first got off the great plateau and realized how huge the world is, it was so exciting, and now it's like, aww, I only have a little bit left to explore. ;_;

3. Somehow I don't have any new pics of kitties, but luckily I have plenty of backstock to choose from. Here's an explorer Jasper from a week or so ago.

torachan: ewan mcgregor pulling his glasses down to look over the top (ewan glasses)
1. Since my one meeting was yesterday instead of today, I didn't have to get going until a little after noon, and was able to sleep in and just relax this morning, which was nice.

2. Today's meeting was long and pretty boring but we all went to dinner afterwards (paid for by the company) at a fancy restaurant and the food was good and I had a good time. And we were finished around nine, which meant that there was no traffic coming home, whereas if I'd come back right after the meeting, it would have been right smack in the middle of rush hour.

3. Look at this cutie Molly cat!

torachan: a kitten looking out the window (chloe in window)
1. My meeting with the company president got changed to today instead of tomorrow, which sucks because it was my day off and I had to drive to Gardena and then the person who was scheduled before me ended up going way over, so I had to wait for an hour and a half! But my review went well, and I got my raise, and now it's done with. And at least that means tomorrow I can just go for the afternoon meeting and can have the whole morning off.

2. We went to McDonalds for lunch and they have a new burger. It looks like the sriracha one was discontinued and instead they have a sweet bbq bacon one. I got it with the crispy chicken instead of hamburger and it was soooo good. Honestly probably the best burger I've ever had at McDonalds. (Not a terribly high bar, but it really is good!)

3. I only played Zelda for a bit today, but I did do four more shrines.

4. I posted more manga!

5. I got some super cute pics of Chloe tonight. :)

torachan: (fulldrum)


Title: Fulldrum
Author: Hakoishi Toru
Publisher: Young Jump
Category: Seinen
Genre: Humor, Sports
Status in Japan: 1 volume, ongoing
Scanlator: Megchan's Scanlations + Anima Regia
Scanlation Status: Ongoing
More Info: Baka Updates

Summary: Hino is obsessed with playing sports in high school, but not because he loves sports (he doesn't), or is any good at them (he's really not). He's doing it because that's the way to get a girlfriend (or so he thinks). After getting kicked out of half his school's sports clubs, he's still convinced he just hasn't found the sport he's truly destined for. When he (literally) runs into Noborito Ayako, manager of the rubgy club, it's love at first sight (for him), but all she's looking for is another warm body for the struggling rugby club. Could this be the chance he's been waiting for?

Chapter Summary: Hino's first rugby practice is not what he was expecting.



Chapter 2: Sunshine After Rain
torachan: arale from dr slump dressed in a penguin suit and smiling (arale penguin)
1. Day off tomorrow! I'm really looking forward to sleeping in.

2. It's been getting pretty warm during the day the last few days (especially yesterday) but thankfully it's cooling down a lot at night. I don't mind a few warm days, but I really don't want full-on summer weather just yet!

3. I had to go drive all over the place this morning to pick up a special order and deliver it to the customer (we don't usually do delivery but this customer is an exception) which was a pain, but I got reimbursed for my mileage so now I have some cash.

4. I played Zelda tonight and beat Windblight Ganon! That was the easiest of the three I've fought so far.

5. Jasper just can't resist wriggling around and doing silly poses in his sleep.

torachan: close-up of a sleepy kitten face (sleepy molly)
1. I made gyoza and edamame for dinner. So delicious!

2. I posted manga! And also did a little translating, so hopefully that will lead to more manga being posted within the next few days.

3. The kitties are all having a lot of fun exploring the computer room bookshelf, since all the knick knacks have been taken off and some books rearranged. Once we actually get it arranged the way we want it, there won't be much space for them to play on it at all, so it's nice to seem them enjoying it so much in this in-between stage.

torachan: sei and rin from yasha (yasha)


Title: Yasha
Author: Yoshida Akimi
Publisher: Flower Comics
Genre: Shoujo
Scanlator: Megchan's Scanlations feat. Molly
Status in Japan: 12 volumes, complete
Scanlation Status: Ongoing
More Info: Baka Updates

Summary: Twelve-year-old Sei lives a normal, quiet life on a small island in Okinawa until one day a strange man who seems to know his mother shows up and tries to kidnap him. After that, nothing is normal or quiet in this sci-fi thriller from the author of Banana Fish.

Chapter Summary: With the threat to his uncle hanging over his head, Sei is forced to help the Amamiyas in their search for Dr. Smith's diary. But then Toichi comes up with an idea to let him know his uncle is safe.



Chapter 56
torachan: arale from dr slump dressed in a penguin suit and smiling (arale penguin)
1. I have to go in to work early on Sunday, so I don't get both my weekend sleep-in days, but I can at least sleep in tomorrow as usual.

2. Although I finally got everyone else's finalised paperwork back from HR to give them their evaluations and tell them about their raises, I still haven't found out mine, as they are making store managers have an interview with the company president and mine isn't until next Tuesday. But! I realised that everyone else's is already reflected in Kronos, the timeclock management software, so I decided to sneak and see if mine was in there, too, and I'm getting a $2 raise, yay! :) It will be reflected on the current pay period which ends tomorrow and is paid next Friday.

3. I didn't play too much Zelda tonight, but I did get the next divine beast opened up and am ready to tackle that tomorrow.

4. Kitties!

torachan: close-up of a sleepy kitten face (sleepy molly)
1. Welp, I somehow managed to do zero translating today despite being home, but I did vacuum and do laundry, so at least there's that.

2. I made fried rice for dinner tonight and it was so good, and there's a bunch leftover, too.

3. I finished another book! That puts me at eighteen for the year, which is three books over halfway for my goal, and the year's not even a third of the way done.

4. Today I didn't actually play Zelda that much and mostly what I did was play Eventide Island. This island is a shrine trial where you have to play with no food, no weapons, and no armor, except what you can scavenge on the island yourself. You do have your runes, but that's it. It's pretty daunting at first, but it turned out to be a lot of fun.

5. Look at this sweet Molly wanting some pets!

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What are you currently reading?
The other day my mom gave me a bag of books to put in the little library down the street, but before we took them over, we decided to look through them and see if there was anything we wanted to read ourselves and I found there were three All-of-a-Kind Family books! I loved these books as a kid and decided I'd read them again before giving them away. I cracked open the first one tonight and read about half of it in one go. It's just as charming as I remember.

I also started reading (but have really not read anything yet) The Invisible Library, which I believe I saw recced by someone on my flist and it sounded interesting, but I've already forgotten what it's supposed to be about, so that will be a nice surprise. XD

Still no progress on Mayor of Castro Street. ;_;

What did you recently finish reading?
I finished Modern Romance. Overall it was a pretty fun book. I read it entirely for Aziz Ansari rather than the content, but the content was actually pretty interesting. Basically, he talks about how technology has changed the way people look for relationships these days, using a lot of research, interviews, and personal anecdotes. Really it just made me want to read more books by him, and also made me look forward to season two of Master of None, which is out next month.

What do you think you'll read next?
Stuff, probably.
torachan: devil boy from sinfest holding a CD, looking like he's just been in an explosion, with the text "smokin" (smokin')
1. Everyone's been sick at work and I think I'm either coming down or fighting off what they have, which sucks. But! Things were actually not that busy today and I was able to come home an hour early.

2. Tomorrow is my day off and I plan to just relax and hopefully feel better Friday.

3. I made ramen for dinner tonight (and the other night, too) and it was so good. *_*

4. I didn't play too much Zelda tonight, but I did get to the Rito village and do a couple shrines and some stuff. I am enjoying this game so much. (And so much more than I thought I would.)

5. Just when you think this kitten can't get any sillier.

torachan: a cartoon kitten with a surprised/happy expression (chii)
1. A bunch of people called out today and I thought I was going to have to stay late to get things done, but I ended up getting out pretty much on time, which was nice.

2. I played a lot of Zelda tonight. I meant to play just a little, but it's always like, okay I'm going to stop when I do this thing, but then when you do that thing, you see something else, and you're like, okay when I do that thing... I think I got six shrines tonight, and opened two towers, and found about ten koroks and a stable... Tomorrow I should be at the Rito village, though I probably won't take on the next divine beast for a while yet.

3. Look at this pretty Chloe!

torachan: onoda sakamichi from yowamushi pedal with a huge smile (onoda smile)
1. It was sooooo nice to relax today after the hecticness of the weekend.

2. I played a bunch of Zelda today. Still mostly just wandering around and exploring, looking for shrines and koroks and other interesting stuff. I decided I'm going to deliberately go in a different direction than where the LPer I'm watching is going next, so that even though I will be spoiled for what he's doing, I can explore the other area unspoiled (so we've both done the Zoras and Gorons, and he's heading down to the Gerudos, so I'll go up to the Ritos instead). I activated the tower in central Hyrule, which has two walker guardians and two stationary ones right at the base, and I killed them all pretty easily. (The stationary ones especially. Only 500 HP!? I've done tests of strength with more powerful scouts than that.) I've farmed lots of guardian bits now, so I'll probably go back to the Akkala ancient tech lab again sometime soon and see what else I can buy. Especially since one of those guardians broke my ancient shield. ;_;

3. Carla cleared off the lower shelf of the bookcase the other day in preparation for sorting books and getting things organized. We haven't managed to do that yet, so the cats have been enjoying the shelf. Jasper has seen the girls get up there plenty of times, but today was the first time he tried it himself. And now that he got up there once, he is so much more confident and has hopped up several more times, including once where he got stuck behind some books on the uncleared out portion of the shelf and was super cute.

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1. Finally the anniversary sale weekend is over! I'm so worn out, but thankfully I have tomorrow off.

2. I have no plans on my day off except just relaxing and doing stuff at home, and I'm really looking forward to that.

3. I posted manga!

4. Molly's always coming up on my desk and demanding loves. :)

torachan: (shibito no koe wo kiku ga yoi)


Title: You Will Hear the Voice of the Dead
Original Title: 死人との声をきくがよい (Shibito no Koe wo Kiku ga Yoi)
Author: Hiyodori Sachiko (Uguisu Sachiko)
Publisher: Champion Red Comics
Genre: Shounen
Status in Japan: 9 volumes, ongoing
Scanlator: Megchan's Scanlations feat. Nostal
Scanlation Status: Ongoing
More Info: Baka Updates

Summary: Sickly Kishida Jun has the ability to see ghosts, but in his opinion, it's a stupid power and nothing good ever comes of it. Considering the number of grisly situations he seems to find himself in after the ghost of his childhood friend Hayakawa Ryoko starts following him around, he may have a point.

Chapter Summary: In chapter 11, Kishida receives a mysterious birthday present from his dad. In chapter 12, Kishida's teacher is haunted by a disembodied hand.



Chapter 11: The Ghoulah Box
Chapter 12: The White Hand
torachan: palmon smiling (palmon)
1. Today was pretty hectic with the anniversary sale events, but everything went well, and tomorrow should be easier since we got any kinks sorted out today.

2. In Zelda news, I beat Fireblight Ganon (so easy with the Master Sword!) and freed Rudania, then explored a bit around the Death Mountain area, farming a ton of ore, and doing a couple quests. I also ventured east and found a shrine quest where I had to fight a Hinox in the dark, which was actually a lot easier than it sounds and was the easiest Hinox fight I've done. (It was also another one that I didn't see done before, so I got to do it totally unspoiled.)

3. This was actually taken a couple days ago, I think, but look at these cuties cuddling!

torachan: arale from dr slump dressed in a penguin suit and smiling (arale penguin)
1. Work today was soooo exhausting, but I think everything is ready for our weekend anniversary sale.

2. I played a bit of Zelda tonight. Mainly just upgraded my fire armor and opened up Vah Rudania, so tomorrow (assuming I have time to play after work) I will tackle the next divine beast!

3. Look at this ridiculously silly sleepy Jasper face!

torachan: close-up of a sleepy kitten face (sleepy molly)
1. I got a lot of translating done today, and some housework, too.

2. I played some Zelda and actually explored an area that I hadn't seen Carla or the LP I'm watching do, which was nice. I found a bunch of koroks and treasure and a shrine there, too! Ideally I'd like to be completely unspoiled, but I also don't have time to play as much as I'd need to to stay ahead of the LP and I don't want to stop watching until I get there, plus it's such an open world that even when I was ahead of it in terms of the main quest, there was still stuff the LPer did that I hadn't, just because it's so unstructured. And then Carla is in the house playing it and sometimes I watch her, or she asks me to help with something. So I ended up spoiled a lot, so it's really nice to do some stuff completely unspoiled.

3. I woke up this morning and there was a Molly on the pile of blankets next to my bed. :)

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Of the three bands I saw in the last few weeks, this is the only one I'd never seen before, but I'm sooooooo glad I went and I would definitely see them live again if I had the chance.

The venue was another beautiful old building downtown, and I was in the lower balcony with a really good view. I kind of wish I'd waited a little longer to go, though, because doors opened at 7:30 but the opening act didn't get started until like 8:45, and they wouldn't let us take our seats until after eight for some reason.

The opening act was Waxahatchee, a female indie rock duo who were not unpleasant to listen to but super boring. It was only a guitar and a bass, so not a lot of instrumetal variety, all the songs sounded the same, and there was no variation within each song, either (choruses sounded just like the verses, that sort of thing). And they played for forty-five minutes or so, which seemed interminable.

The New Pornographers finally came on at almost ten o'clock, and played for about ninety minutes. The venue was really strict about cell phones (not just no photos or videos, but they asked for no phone usage during the show at all), so I wasn't able to make note of the songs, but thankfully someone did upload a setlist right away.

1. High Ticket Attractions
2. The Laws Have Changed
3. Use It
4. Moves
5. Colosseums
6. Dancehall Domine
7. Testament to Youth in Verse
8. Whiteout Conditions
9. Champions of Red Wine
10. Adventures in Solitude
11. All the Old Showstoppers
12. This is the World of the Theater
13. Sing Me Spanish Techno
14. Sweet Talk, Sweet Talk
15. Play Money
16. Backstairs
17. Mass Romantic
18. Avalanche Alley

Encores:
19. Brill Bruisers
20. The Bleeding Heart Show

This was a good mix of songs! They played a handful from the new album, all of which were ones I already had five-starred in itunes, and of their older stuff, there's a few I really wish they had played (Bones of an Idol, Letter from an Occupant, and Another Drug Deal of the Heart are probably my top picks that they didn't do), but they did a lot of my favorites and overall I was really happy with the selection.

There are some bands where I just have no idea what their popular songs are because I've only listened to them on my own hard drive, and these guys are definitely one of them. So I was crossing my fingers for my favorite song to be played, but I just had no idea how good of a chance there was, and as the show went on I was getting resigned to not hearing it, but then...the final encore! The ending song! Bleeding Heart Show! I felt so choked up to hear it live. Man, I just love that song so much and it was really great to end on, and made a very satisfying ending.
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What are you currently reading?
Haha, I really need to buckle down on the reading because I am tired of saying each week that I am still reading the same two books! XD But I am. :(

I actually did make quite a bit of progress on Modern Romance, mainly due to reading a good chunk last night while waiting for the concert to start and between the opening and main acts, so I'm now over two-thirds of the way done. I'm going to try really hard to finish this by next week!

No progress at all on Mayor of Castro Street.

I also started reading volume 11 of Saint Oniisan, because there was one night when my phone was almost out of battery so I left it charging at my desk rather than taking it to bed, and I read on my ipad instead, which has comics rather than books. But since then I haven't picked up my ipad at all... :-/

What did you recently finish reading?
Nnnnnothing. ;_;

What do you think you'll read next?
Man, I don't know. Maybe if I had something I really wanted to read next, it would give me a kick in the pants to finish something I'm currently reading.

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